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Viagogo-StubHub merger blocked by watchdog

4 February 2021

THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that controversial ticket resale website Viagogo must sell off its StubHub business outside North America, concluding a 14-month enquiry. The investigation took evidence from live music promoters and venue operators, fans, competitors and artiste managers. The merger, which has been on hold,…

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Glastonbury cancelled for second year

27 January 2021

TICKET-BUYERS who placed a £50 deposit on a ticket to Glastonbury Festival (cap. 147,500) in October 2019 have been offered the chance to roll it over for another year as the event announced it was cancelled a second time due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, father and daughter…

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Live Nation Q3 reflects Covid carnage

22 December 2020

Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) CEO Michael Rapino says he expects the company to bounce back strongly next year, despite the dramatic but expected fall in third quarter (Q3) revenue. He says 80 per cent of LNE’s shows have been rescheduled rather than cancelled and eight per cent of fans globally…

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Independent Venue Week adapts to circumstances

22 December 2020

LIMITED CAPACITY shows are one of the entertainment options available for participants of Independent Venue Week (IVW), set to take place from 25 to 31 January, its eighth year. Last January, participating venues were encouraged to host all-day events or a full week of shows, with 230 small to medium-sized…

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Gateshead arena given green light

22 December 2020

WORK WILL begin In March on the new 12,500-capacity arena in Gateshead’s quayside, adjacent to the Millennium bridge over the River Tyne. The £260 million development of the site has been approved by Gateshead Council and will include conference and exhibition centre, restaurants, a hotel and the arena, to be…

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AEG Presents wins Olympia London contract

22 December 2020

PROMOTER AEG Presents is to operate a new 4,400-capacity live music venue at Olympia London, part of a £1.3 billion ($1.7bn) regeneration of the exhibition, events and conference complex, Sister company AEG Global Partnerships, both divisions of venue owner AEG, will oversee all naming rights and partnership deals for the…

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East London to get new venue

18 December 2020

THE SITE of former 300-capacity music venue The Standard (cap. 300) in Walthamstow is to be redeveloped into a nine-storey accommodation, bar and restaurant complex with a 350-capacity live performance space. Called The Collective Blackhorse Lane and located opposite London’s Blackhorse Road underground station, the complex is due to be…

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Live Nation and OVG to run new Cardiff Arena

15 December 2020

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) has been chosen to jointly run the NEW 15,000-capacity Cardiff Arena, along with Oak View Group, the US company which is planning to build a new arena in Manchester. Both companies will invest £10 million in the project, which will cost about £150m to build. Expected…

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Natasha Bent leaves Paradigm

15 December 2020

AGENT FOR artistes including Idles, First Aid Kit and Chvrches, Natasha Bent, has left Paradigm Talent Agency to launch an agency and management operation with her brother, Mark Bent. Bent joined the UK office of Paradigm (formerly Coda Music Agency) in 2016 after eight years with The Agency Group, now…

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Ticketmaster fined $10m for ‘choking Songkick

15 December 2020

A CRIMINAL investigation in the US into unfair competition by Live Nation Entertainment-owned ticketing multi-national Ticketmaster (TM) has been resolved with the payment of a $10 million (£7.33m) fine. The payment represents the final chapter in a dispute lasting over five years with now-defunct newcomer Songkick, which provided direct-to-fan services…

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Jon Ollier’s Fiinix rises

8 December 2020

ED SHEERAN’S agent Jon Ollier (pictured) has left CAA and launched his own booking operation, One Fiinix Live (OFL). He tells LIVE UK  that, unlike in sports, television or film, the business models of music agencies remained largely unchanged for “a generation” before coronavirus.  OFL will represent music artistes in…

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Senbla ventures outdoors

26 October 2020

NATIONAL PROMOTER and production company has acquired Cambridge festivals Strawberries & Creem (cap, 10,000) and The Cambridge Club (5,000) from S&C Productions for an unspecified sum. Taking first step into the greenfield festival sector, Senbla says it intends to expand the events’ capacities, expand them from single to multi-day events…

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ATG launches The Globe without a date

24 October 2020

NOT SURPRISINGLY, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) was unable to give an opening date during a virtual launch of 3,000-capacity The Globe, in Stockton-on-Tees. Facilities at the venue, which has had a £28 million refurbishment funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, with support from a £4.5m National Lottery grant, include an orchestra…

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Competition watchdog blow to Viagogo-StubHub merger

22 October 2020

THE PHASE 2 in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)  into Viagogo’s $4.05 billion (£2.91bn) acquisition of StubHub has resulted in a provisional decision that the merger would be anti-competitive. The CMA said potential options for addressing its concerns include requiring Viagogo to sell all or part of…

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Cultural organisations to receive £333m

18 October 2020

ARTS COUNCIL England is distributing funds totaling £333 million to 1,973 cultural entities, including venues, festivals and promoters, as part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. The first round of grants, announced on 12 October saw £257m awarded, with the second round on 19 October seeing a further £76m allocated….

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OVG gets approval for Co-op Live arena

6 October 2020

OAK VIEW Group (OVG) has been given planning permission to build a 23,500-capacity arena in Manchester’s Etihad Campus, which will be named Co-op Live. The £350 million venue, located next to Manchester City football club’s Etihad Stadium (cap. 63,000) in the Eastlands area of Manchester, will compete directly with the ASM…

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Beacon consigns Colston to history

6 October 2020

AFTER YEARS of controversy surrounding its name, Bristol’s Colston Hall has chosen a new one, Bristol Beacon, with immediate effect. Previously named after 17th century slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston, the hall launched a consultation on the issue in 2017, which has involved 4,000 people and several live events….

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Mayor’s grants to London venues

1 October 2020

THE MAYOR of London has given grants totaling £178,446 direct to 14 London venues, taken from the £450,000 of grassroots venues funding announced in May (see LIVE UK news) as earmarked for the Music Venue Trust (MVT). These are the first of 141 grassroots venues in the capital identified for…

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Live-saving Government grants for 135 venues

29 September 2020

THE DEPARTMENT for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded over £1 million more to small venues than the £2.25 million it pledged in July. Venues receiving grants of between £1,000 and £80,000 include London’s The Troubadour (cap. 135), Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge (120) and Think Tank? (200) in…

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UK expansion for European promoter

26 September 2020

PAN-EUROPEAN festival and concert promoter FKP Scorpio has hired former DHP Family executives Scott O’Neill and Daniel Ealam. The duo will join Barry Campbell and James Cassidy on the board of FKP Scorpio UK, which was launched in 2008. Its recent projects include arena tours of BBC Earth nature documentaries,…

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